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President Joe Biden’s administration wants the legal authority for military counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan “if necessary” in light of the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the Taliban’s victory over the U.S.-backed government in Kabul.
“We need to look to make sure that we have all the authorities that we would need for any potential contingency, including the reemergence, as a threat, of al Qaeda,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. “If we don’t have those authorities, we should get them — whether that means re-looking at those authorizations or writing new ones, which I think would be the most appropriate thing to do, if necessary. We need to look at that.”
The article goes on to state the following:
That recognition could complicate a broad political debate about the legal basis for the so-called “forever war” that Biden hoped to end by withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Blinken emphasized in a Monday hearing that “the terrorist threat has metastasized” beyond Afghanistan, but U.S. intelligence officials acknowledge that al Qaeda stands to gain from the Taliban’s resurgence.
Blinken on the future of the Authorization of Use for Military Force (AUMF), the basis of most US military intervention since 9/11: “If we don’t have those authorities, we should get them… relooking at those authorizations, or writing new ones…” (10/
— Laura Kelly (@HelloLauraKelly) September 14, 2021
Blinken told senators they’re weighing authorities for a potential contingency and potential new war-making power.
This could complicate a broad political debate about the legal basis for the so-called “forever war” Biden hoped to end.https://t.co/qxJZpSUwsf
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 14, 2021
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